A number of hospitals in Mosul are receiving rehabilitation support from the World Health Organisation, which is coordinating with a local organisation and the Nineveh Health Department.
In Mosul, northern Iraq, two hospitals have been rebuilt in the city following a joint effort between the Nineveh Health Directorate, the World Health Organisation and the Dari humanitarian relief organisation. The General Republican Hospital and the Batoul Hospital were both completely destroyed during ISIS’ occupation and in the subsequent offensive by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to recapture the city from the militant group.
“Terrorism has completely destroyed the General Republican Hospital and the Batoul Hospital,” said Alaa Abdul Sada, the Dari District Official for Humanitarian Relief. “The return of these two hospitals will be the centre for the start of health reconstruction.”
The two hospitals provide the residents of Mosul with an additional 125 beds and provide a number of different services and treatments, including seven new operating rooms, intensive care units, laboratories and a blood bank. Much of the equipment has been supplied by the World Health Organisation through the locally based Dari organisation.
The World Health Organisation will provide ongoing support to the two rebuilt hospitals, in addition to providing training to medical personnel and supporting Nineveh’s Health Department.
“The next phase [to the rehabilitation of the hospitals] will witness continued coordination with the Nineveh’s Health Department, but we will focus on the important point which is the quality of provided service,” said Wael Khattah, Relief Programme Officer in the World Health Organisation.
The residents of Mosul have welcomed the reopening of the two hospitals, especially within the context of the gradual rehabilitation and reconstruction of their city. Previously, residents of Mosul were reliant on temporary medical tents or improvised hospitals hosted in buildings that were not practical for dealing with multiple health and emergency services.
The additional 125 beds that have been provided by the reopened hospitals brings the total number of hospital beds available in Nineveh Province to more than 1,000. Despite the positive increase to Nineveh’s health services, the number of beds still falls short of the 6,000 beds that were available prior to ISIS’ onslaught in 2014. Accordingly, both the city of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Province require significantly more investment to its health sector in the coming years.